200 years have passed since Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was first published. On the bicentenary of this enduring tale, the Festival explores the Gothic genre with a programme designed to seek out mysterious happenings and the dark corners of the human mind.

“Imagining and Writing the Gothic” is organised in collaboration with 11 local secondary schools, with 70 young writers gathered to produce their very own creative work inspired by the genre.

Leading the writing workshops were award-winning and best-selling British children’s writer Frances Hardinge and Hong Kong’s finest YA authors Alex Dunn and Jordan Rivet. Dedicated academics from the School of English at the University of Hong Kong also introduced the Gothic genre in a series of lectures.

The students' works have been collected in an anthology, available online and also at various locations in Hong Kong. Haunting, and delving into matters of life and death, friendship and betrayal, these stories aren't for the faint of heart!

Participating schools include:

  • Cheung Chau Government Secondary School
  • Chung Sing Benevolent Society Mrs. Aw Boon Haw Secondary School
  • Clementi Secondary School
  • HKUGA College
  • Leung Shek Chee College
  • Queen Elizabeth School
  • Sing Yin Secondary School
  • St. Francis' Canossian College
  • Toi Shan Association College
  • Wah Yan College, Hong Kong
  • Ying Wa College

"Imagining and Writing the Gothic" is a programme of English Alliance 2017/18 supported by the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research and funded by the Language Fund. We would also like to thank the School of English from the University of Hong Kong for providing the venue and support for session content.